Ruth Havener

April 19, 1935 - September 22, 2016
Kalamazoo, MI



Friday, October 7, 2016
12:00 PM to 1:00 PM EDT
Life Story Funeral Homes - Betzler
Kalamazoo Location
6080 Stadium Drive
Kalamazoo, MI 49009
(269) 375-2900

Lunch will be served at 12 Noon.

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At the family's request memorial contributions are to be made to those listed below. Please forward payment directly to the memorial of your choice.

Spastic Paraplegia Foundation (SPF)
1605 Goularte Place
Freemont, CA 94539-7241
(877) 773-4483
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Below is the contact information for a florist recommended by the funeral home.

1830 S. Westnedge
Kalamazoo, MI 49008
(269) 349-4961
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Life Story / Obituary


Age 81, died September 22, 2016 in Kalamazoo. Ruth was born April 19, 1935 in Mendota, the daughter of Fred and Opal (Payne) Bedient. She was preceded in death by her husband of 62 years, Richard J. Havener in April of this year. She and Richard “Dick” lived in Detroit, Garden City, Clinton and lastly Kalamazoo. Surviving are 4 sons: Rick (Ann) Havener, David (Donna) Havener, Michael (Carol) Havener and Todd Havener; 5 grandchildren and 6 great-grandchildren. Ruth’s only brother, Fred Bedient, also survives along with many nieces and nephews. Cremation took place with private burial at Ft. Custer National Cemetery. A luncheon will held Friday, October 7, 2016, 12 noon at the Life Story Center. Please visit Ruth’s personal web page at where you can archive a favorite memory or photo and sign her guestbook. Memorial donations may be made to SPF (Spastic Paraplegia Foundation). Betzler Life Story Funeral Home, 6080 Stadium Drive; Kalamazoo (269) 375-2900